June 21, 2013, 11:45 AM

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Instagram Video Vs. Vine: What's The Difference?  —  Instagram just launched video functionality.  Glorious, 15-second, editable video functionality.  Complete with image stabilization.  —  So what does this mean for Vine?  In the end, the competition should give users plenty to be excited about …
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Facebook Announces That It's Out Of Ideas  —  How the internet's most powerful company became a clone mill.  —  Via: Macey J. Foronda/Buzzfeed  —  The most important thing to understand about Facebook is that it can't lose.  It has, and it will, and sometimes it should.  But it can't.
More: PandoDaily, Forbes and memeburnTweets: @nitashatiku
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why I will never click on your Instagram video, no matter how much you want me to  —  On Thursday, Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom introduced the Facebook-owned platform's new video feature with the kind of hushed and reverential tones that are usually reserved for announcements about a new Pope, or a declaration of war.
More: AdAge and VentureBeat
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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
iPhone 5 coming to Virgin Mobile next Friday for $549.99 with unlimited plans starting at $30/month  —  We've just received word that Virgin Mobile will be carrying the iPhone 5 next week on its Beyond Talk plans with unlimited 3G/4G LTE data and messaging starting at $35/month (with $5 discount for auto-payments).
Nobuhiro Kubo / Reuters:
Tokyo court says Samsung infringed on Apple “bounce-back” patent  —  (Reuters) - A Tokyo court ruled on Friday that Samsung Electronics Co Ltd had infringed on rival Apple Inc's patent for a “bounce-back” feature on earlier models of its popular smartphones.
Andy Pasztor / Wall Street Journal:
FAA to Relax Rules for Gadgets in Flight  —  Airline passengers irritated at having to turn off their devices could soon see some reprieve, with regulators set to allow wider use of gadgets in flight.  —  The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to relax the ban on using some types …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple now charting App Store iOS fragmentation just like Google's Android  —  After first announcing that 93 percent of App Store customers are using the latest iOS 6 at WWDC last week, Apple has added the chart to its public developer site, mirroring Google's reporting of Android users in Google Play.
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
Twitter is Developing Geo-Targeted Ads for Retailers  —  Twitter Is Playing Catch-Up to Facebook On Location-Based Ads  —  As soon as the end of the year, Twitter is planning to let brands show promoted tweets to people who open its mobile apps within close range of their stores.
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
HTC Said to Hire Robert Downey Jr. for $12 Million Ad Campaign  —  HTC has enlisted actor Robert Downey Jr. for a two-year global marketing deal worth about $12 million to promote the Taiwanese company's smartphone brand, according to two people with knowledge of the plans.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Here's Apple's Closing Slide Deck in E-Book Case, and the DOJ's, Too  —  After three weeks of arguments in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the U.S. Department of Justice's e-books price-fixing case against Apple concluded today with final summations.  As part of its presentation …
Nicholas Vinocur / Reuters:
France to seek ban on Amazon bundled discounts, free delivery  —  (Reuters) - France's Socialist government aims to introduce a law preventing online retailer Amazon from offering both discounts and free delivery for books in France, the culture minister said, arguing this amounts to unfair competition.
Wall Street Journal:
How HTC Lost Its Way With Smartphones  —  TAIPEI—After product fumbles and two years of share price declines, HTC Corp. Chief Executive Peter Chou knows the inevitable question is coming.  —  “I know you guys want to ask, will I quit,” Mr. Chou says in an interview at the Taiwanese smartphone …
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
Best Buy relaunching trade-in offer for ‘free’ iPhone 5  —  Best Buy says it had the biggest day ever for its four-year old trade-in program on June 1.  That's when the electronics retailer gave customers the opportunity to trade in iPhone 4 and 4S models and get a “free” iPhone 5 in return.
Xperia Blog:
Sony hints new SmartWatch incoming next week  —  All signs are pointing to a new Sony SmartWatch being announced next week at the Mobile Asia Expo 2013 in Shanghai.  Sony Mobile has tweeted a few messages with the hashtags #itstime and #MAE13 (the latter standing for Mobile Asia Expo).
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
The reason it took so long for HBO to get on Apple TV: cable companies  —  HBO built the Apple TV app in-house for the first time ever  —  To some, Apple TV seems like a laggard.  —  The web TV box that Apple has referred to for years as a “hobby” is only now offering access to shows …
Revealed: top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant  —  Fisa court submissions show broad scope of procedures governing NSA's surveillance of Americans' communication  —  • Document one: procedures used by NSA to target non-US persons
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Michael Dell Takes His Buyout Case Directly to Shareholders  —  Michael Dell has taken his case for the leveraged buyout of the computer company that bears his name directly to shareholders today, filing a presentation slide deck with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission moments ago.
Ashlee Vance / Businessweek:
GitHub Got Silly Rich.  Next Step: ‘Make More Awesome’  —  Four years into its journey as a company, GitHub remained something of an independent.  The startup, which helps companies and developers build software, rebuffed the repeated advances of venture capitalists.
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Mine  —  Google prepares a new service that's called Google Mine.  It's integrated with Google+ and it's a way to keep track of the items you own and share some of them with your circles.  Right now, the service is tested internally at Google.  —  “Google Mine lets you share …
Tweets: @jwherrmanThanks:@arpitnext
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Soundwave hopes to shake up music discovery on iPhone and Android  —  Irish startup's app faces competition from Twitter #Music and others, but has Steve Wozniak and Stephen Fry in its corner  —  Soundwave is the latest music discovery app to be released for smartphones …
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
New MacBook Airs may suffer from Wi-Fi connectivity issues  —  The 2013 MacBook Air seems to have trouble playing well with others.  —  Jacqui Cheng  —  The latest MacBook Airs may be having some issues with their Wi-Fi connections, per Gizmodo's reading of the Apple discussion forums.
Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
Intel joins Samsung, Qualcomm in Alliance for Wireless Power  —  Summary: Intel is now part of the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) Board of Directors, joining firms including Qualcomm, Samsung and Broadcom.  —  Charlie Osborne  —  The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) has added Intel to its portfolio of members.
Introducing Aaron's Law, a Desperately Needed Reform of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act  —  The Internet is up for grabs.  —  Foreign countries want to control it.  Military regimes use it to spy, to oppress, and to attack public and private institutions.  ‘Big Content’ sought to censor it and dismantle its architecture.
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
Oracle's Ellison spills beans on upcoming SAP HANA competitor and Database 12c plans  —  Database 12c.1 will focus on in-memory computing, according to Ellison  —  Oracle hasn't even officially released its 12c database yet, but CEO Larry Ellison has already revealed plans for the version that will follow …
Rolfe Winkler / Digits:
WhatsApp Surpasses 250 Million Active Users  —  WhatsApp tells The Wall Street Journal it has more than 250 million monthly active users, the first time it has revealed the scope of its popular smartphone messaging app.  —  The figure is impressive for a company that launched its app …
Olivia B. Waxman / TIME:
‘Hell Is Other People’: An Anti-Social Network  —  The slick new app helps you avoid everyone you know.  The catch?  First you have to share exactly where you are  —  By Olivia B. Waxman @OBWaxJune 20, 2013  —  Want to avoid running into people you know at bars and restaurants?

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